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Kali’s RORC Transatlantic Race 2019

Kali’s RORC Transatlantic Race 2019

RORC 7 December 2019

Benedikt Clauberg’s Swiss First 47.7 Kali is 770nm in the deep blue Atlantic Ocean. The team were celebrating on board yesterday, Friday 6 December. Having a bit of Christmas fun, the Swiss love to celebrate the feast of St Nicholas with gifts of chocolates on board, as well as having a bit of a Caribbean style boogie! This video is from 2018 RORC Transatlantic Race. Ho Ho Ho!

“We are in a good mood and eating like kings. Three Mahi Mahi caught and we have prepared some delicious dishes. Fresh bread and Sunday braid (Sonntagszopf) from Hampi’s onboard bakery enjoyed. Hopeful sunrises and wistful sunsets experienced. We have seen about 1,000 shooting stars and made wishes. We observed a dolphin family, pilot whales and flying fish. Oh yes, it is also a race. Unfortunately, a calm has cost us some time. But now we are back with good speeds again. Grenada, here we come! We are looking forward to the 2nd half. Your Kali Crew: barefoot, short pants, sunshine, 25 degrees.”

RORC Transatlantic Race
Camper & Nicholsons Port Louis Marina © RORC/Arthur Daniel

New Record Kali

Benedikt Clauberg’s Swiss First 47.7 Kali finished the RORC Transatlantic Race on 11 December, completing the 3,000nm race in 18 days 08 hours 28 mins and 18 secs. Kali was competing for the second year in a row and beat their finish time for 2018 by nearly 18 hours.

Kali approaching the finish line at Camper & Nicholsons Port Louis Marina, Grenada – Photo © RORC / Arthur Daniel

“It feels great to beat our time from last year as we have been working hard on the performance of the boat,” commented Kali’s Benedikt Clauberg. “This year was much harder due to a lot of squalls, but we have a very enthusiastic team who wanted to change sails even when they were tired, and that made a difference. We are here for the Caribbean season and our arch-rivals EH01 were also racing here in the ARC. We saw them on AIS and had a little chat and also managed to pass them twice! It feels like coming home when we arrived in Grenada because we know Charlotte (Fairhead) and all the Port Louis Marina staff.”

Kali’s next race will be the RORC Caribbean 600

Chinel Sandy from the Grenada Tourism Authority presented Kali with a basket of Grenadian goods – Photo © RORC / Arthur Daniel

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